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making news in america this morning, an airport security shocker. >> thousands of people have slipped past security since 9/11. so what's behind the breakdown? we have the tsa's response. restaurant revolution. today, 19 megachains, 15,000 restaurants in all, make a major announcement sure to please parents. should polygamy be legal? stars of "sister wives" will tell a judge today they should be left alone. good morning. we begin with the developing story sure to concern anyone catching a flight this morning. >> right, we do now have specifics on how weak security is plaguing the nation's airports with thousasas of
breaches since 9/11. >> karen travers joins us with the details. >> reporter: good morning. a new congressional report found serious security lapses at the nation's airports but the transportation security administration says the data is misleading. since the september 11th attacks the u.s. spent billions on aviation security. but a new congressional report has found that lapses stiti occur. according to figures from the transportation security administration, more than 25,000 security breaches have occurred at u.s. airports since late 2001. that's one breach for every 170,000 passengers. >> security breaches inn the thousands, all these many years after 9/11, should concern the american people. >> reporter: last weekend a cleaning crew found a cell phone-sized stun gun on a jetblue plane. in june a nigerian man was accused of using a stolen i.d. and someone's day-old boarding pass to talk his way through the
checkpoint at jfk airport and the virgin america boarding gate. >> we could have the best technology, you could have the best processes and plans, but it's, again, it comes down to the human factor. >> reporter: in a statement to abc news, the tsa says the 25,000 breaches represent a tiny fraction of 1% of the more than 5.5 billion travelers who have been screened at thenation's 450 airports since september 11th. >> certainly it's a small percentage given the large number screened. on the other hand we know from hard experience only one security breach can be catastrophically fatal. >> reporter: the tsa has recently come under fire for patdowns of children and elderly travelers but told abc news the nation's airports is safer now than ever before. >> thank you so much. we will watch that story today. also from washington, there could be a minor breakthrough in those stalled budget talks. top republican lawmakers have unexpectedly offered the
president new powers to avert a financial crisis. abc's jake tapper has the latest now from the white house. >> reporter: republican senate leader mitch mcconnell presented the unusual proposal to empower the president to raise the debt ceiling while congress votes to disapprove. >> i still want to cut spending. i was hoping he wanted to as a condition for cutting it, what we believe are job killing tax increases. >> reporter: the president said if it is not passed before default day there will be an immediate effect on social security and medicaid. >> i cannot guarantee those checks go out on august 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. >> this is turning into a laugh except it's nothing funny about it. >> reporter: alan simpson who co-chaired the deficit commission says the american people are disgusted and bothered about republicans undermining any chance of speaker boehner compromising.
>> if that's what's going on in my party it's disgusting to me. >> reporter: a democrat familiar with negotiations said at the most recent meeting there was a growing recognition that they needed to put aside the talking points and get to work. but the clock is ticking. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. mental health professionals are denouncing what they call a potentially dangerous therapy for gay people at a clinic owned by presidential hopeful michele bachmann and her husband. an abc news investigation revealed undercover video shot by a gay rights group showing a counselor offering to help the patient overcome his gay urges through prayer. that video has prompted questions about whether the bachmann clinic receives medicaid pays for a therapy considered harmful. on capitol hill bachmann refused to respond. >> i'm not doing any interviews now, thank you. >> is there a willireason you' n unwilling to discuss it. >> i'm focusing on turning the economy around and jobs. >> were you aware of the methods
he was using in his clinic? >> in the past bachmann's husband has denied his practice of curing people of being gay and they have collected $137,000 from medicare backed programs. mitt romney says he strongly supports traditional marriage and feels the pledge contain references and provisions that are inappropriate for a presidential campaign. former first lady, betty ford, she will be laid to rest at her husband's presidential museum in grand rapids. four first ladies attended her funeral yesterday, michelle obama,a, rosalynn carter, nancy reagan and hillary clinton attended. ford, who is publicly known for discussion her battles against cancer and alcohol was praised by -- for her courage by abc's cokie roberts.
>> i'll move to the white house, do the best i can and if they don't like it they can kick me out but they can't make me be somebody i'm not. >> picking those that she wanted to speak at her funeral. rosalynn carter was on that list. she remembers ford as someone who never was afraid to speak the truth. well, the truth is blazing heat is baking much of the south and it's not going to let up any time soon. temperatures in dallas and oklahoma city continue to hover around triple digits and the drought there is now on the brink of becoming the worst ever in u.s. history. there were record breakers yesterday like the high of 98 here in new york. the heat is being blamed on several deaths in texas, kansas and mississippi and it was so hot in north carolina, 50,000 chickens died on a farm when the power simply went out. >> all right, well, taking a look at this morning's weather from around the nation, the northeast cools down a little with widely scattered thunderstorms from new york to d.c. also showers and thunderstorms along the gulf coast, stormy
with hail and 80-mile-an-hour winds from louisville to denver. more rains in the four cornyns regi corners region. 80 in sacramento and 90 in salt lake city. phoenix and dallas, though, top 100 degrees. upper 70s from fargo to detroit. new york heats up to 89 and atlanta, 99. all right. coming up, the restaurant telling parents to leave their kids at home. >> yeah, then speaking of od, the menu revolution, 19 national chains joining together today to make a major announcement. and the scare for halle berry facing a stalker three times in three days.
well, an announcement sure to rock the restaurant world. healthier choices are coming to 15,000 locations, 19 large national restaurant chains are participating in today's announcement. they include chili's, denny's and burger king and will put more wholesome and low calorie foods on the menu. it will make it easier for parents to find. well, some of the asian markets higher on good growth figures from china. tokyo's nikkei average was up 37 points today. hong kong's hang seng rose about 200 points in london the ftse opened lower. on wall street, theow lost 59
points yesterday. the nasdaq index fell 21. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke is likely to face tough questions today about job, high food and energy prices and rope's worsening debt crisis. but he's also expected to tell lawmakers they can't allow the u.s. to run up against its own debt limit. >> and new rules for energy saving lightbulbs will go into effect next year. people will be encouraged to use flew rose sents which use much less electricity. s within a few years it will be lights out for incandescent lightbulbs. netflix is raisingrices by 60% as it separates mail order dvd rentals and watching them on the internet. subscribers will pay separate feast for each. many of them are not tooappy about that. speaking of not being too happy about something, there is a ban on babies in the bistro. beginning saturday a restaurant in suburban pittsburgh won't admit children under the age of 6. it says they're too noisy and
they don't cater to children anyway. the manager doesn't think it will hurt business at all. you can bet people are polarized about that. >> well, that leaves us out. we don't be popping by. if he doesn't mind losing family business. >> i guess it's his choice. when we come back, utah man with four wives and a reality show to document it all. he heads to court hoping to make polygamy legal. court officers are no match for friends of a crime victim. the entire brawl caught on tape.
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this is the last time americans will conduct a space walk for at least a year. let's come back to earth for a look at morning road conditions. wet on i-5 from seattle to northern california. flooding on parts of i-25 from albuquerque to cheyenne. rain soaks st. louis and i-40 from tennessee and new orleans to jackson, also wet on 95 around the carolinas and virginia. >> let's talk about the airports now. if you're flying you could face delays in miami, denver, new orleans, d.c. and salt lake. well, a hearing is scheduled for the polygamist family gaining fame. . >> the stars of "sister wives" filing a suit challenging utah's law against polygamy. they insist they have a right to be left alone. >> she is a sister from the same mister and he's a brother from another mother. >> reporter: you may not approve of the life cody brown lives with his four wives and their 16 children on tlc's "sister wives"
but they say they have every right to live now. nour their constitutional attorney who is not a polygamist is set to ask the federal courts to decriminalize the practice. his argument, the browns are consenting adults living out their faith and they're not hurting anybody. >> right now we live in a bizarre situation where everyone agrees that you can have multiple lovers, you can have children by those lovers. you can even have adult tress lovers and you're protected as a citizen of the united states but the minute you tell them privately that you view them as their spiritual spouse, the state comes in and prosecutes you. >> reporter: the law banning polygamy dates all the way back to a supreme court decision in 1879. the court said it may be a religious practice but it doesn't deserve constitutional practice any more than human sacrifice which they considered to be comparable. but this is the same court that banned interracial marriage. so should polygamy be reconsidered too? >> if you've got a case where
you have all concepting adults, what's wrong with that. >> i don't care what these people are telling you. there is not a single polygamist family that the women are truly happy inside. >> reporter: there is plenty of evidence it fosters abuse. remember the allegations of children forced ed td to marry mormon men? the browns' attorney says there is no abuse in the family and challenges everyone to join the argument, who is really being hurt here? dan harris, abc news, new york. >> all right, a southern california woman has been arrested after police sayhat she cut off her husband's penis and put it down the garbage dispostal. they say catherine becker drugged her husband and she began the assault when he fell asleep and called and waited for police to show up. the husband is in the opt after undergoing emergency surgery as you can imagine. a courtroom turned into a huge brawl as a murder suspect was brought n friends of the
alleged victim rushed in to attack the suspect. they threwew him to the ground d started stomping on his head and officer has to use tasers to break it up. halle berry was granted a three-year restraining order against a man who trespassed on her property three times in three days then they arrested richard franco after he climbed over a locked security gate at her home. she says on sunday franco managed to come with within a foot of her and nearly got side her kitchen door before she slammed it shut and called police. arnold schwarzenegger promised he'd be back. he is set to star in a new movie called last last stand" playing a border town sheriff battling a drug kingpin on the run. time now for sports. a big win for the national league at the all-star game. hi highlights now. i'm don bell with your espn news update.
it's the 82nd mlb all-star game from phoenix, arizona. brian wilson saying hello to the people at home. bottom of the second we go, no score, mccccn facing robertson. bautista giving chase. sliding and he makes a beautiful grab. showing he has glove. broke the all-time record for votes received for this contest. top of the fourth we go, adrian gonzalez facing cliff lee. advantage, gonzo. he was a home run derby finalist and the a.l. takes a 1-0 lead. same score here, prince fielder from the milwaukee brewers, the left-handed stroke going opposite field, left center field. a three-run home run. the nationals, the national league rather takes a 3-1 lead.
bruce bochy brings in the beard. there he is, brian wilson gets paul konerko to ground out to end the game and the national league win, a-1. prince fielder is your mvp. and that is all for your espn news update. i'm don bell. all right. well, coming up next game on. the woman's world cup team is on fire and hours from their next battle. >> but can they get lightning in a bottle again? the nation will be watching. that story coming up next. every day you live with the pain of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis could be another day you're living with joint damage. help stop the damage before it stops you by asking your rheumatologist about humira. for many adult patients with
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now for a look ahead at the stories we'll watch on this wednesday, the tsa could be on the hot seat today as lawmakers on capitol hill take up the issue of airport security. the new report finds there have been 25,000 security breaches in the ten years since the 9/11 attacks. there's a new urgency to the debt talks with president obama warning that social security checks could be in jeopardy without a deal in place. republicans are offering to give president obama new powers to temporarily head off the crisis. the body of former first lady betty ford is being flown to michigan today for a ather memorial service. a day after mourners gathered in california to pay final respects. ford will be laid to rest tomorrow alongside her husband at his presidential museum in grand rapids. opening arguments set for
the perjury trial of pitching ace roger clemens. clemens is accused of lying to congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. 10 of the 12 jurors are women who have no interest in baseball, they say. seven months after the metrodome's roof was torn apart. it will be reinflated weather permitting. the cost for the repair, nearly $23 million covered by insurance. after their win over brazil, the women's soccer team take on france. if they win they'll face either japan or sweden in sunday's final with a chance to become the first team to capture three women's world cup titles. i think i will be watching. >> yes, a lot of people will. coming up later on "good morning america," remember this eager fan at the home run derby who nearly fell while trying to catctca ball. we'll meet him along with his brother who may have helped save his life only on "gma." for some of you, local news is coming up next.
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generations talking about sherwood schwartz. if you don't know his name you know his work, the most famous castaway since robinscrusoe. >> reporter: you might say sherwood schwartz was cindy's father and jan's and marcia citer of "the brady bunch" in 1969 and before that show's indelible five-year run he was responsible for an equally indelible three-hour tour. yet, sherwood schwartz created "gilligan's island" too. on air during the tumultuous years of vietnam and watergate, they were entertaining bringing nice, easy laughs. >> critics weren't loving these shows. these were very simple not quite surreal but very silly shows. but they created a very real world to me as a kid that i nted to be in. >> reporter: at the time neither
was a ratings smash but their legend wasn't made at the time but after. these shows were syndication sensations. airing for hours upon hours every day after school. even those of us not alive or barely alive during their first runs could feel the pain of marcia's nasal difficulty. >> hey, you guys. oh, my nose! >> reporter: and the see the strain on jan's middle child syndrome. doing some simple math kids like me watched 1.4 hours of them for 300 days a year over a five-year span, that's 2,100 hours of entertainment and supervision provided by sherwood schwartz. sherwood schwartz passed away in california. he was 94. on behalf of generations of kids let us say, thank you, thank you for all of those afternoons. we're miss them always. i'm john berman in